MILWAUKEE – Head coach Larry Gardner has retired as head coach of the MSOE men's track & field and cross country programs, Director of Athletics Brian Miller announced Monday.
"I want to thank Coach Gardner for his 14 years of service to MSOE," Miller said. "His efforts have helped to raise the profile of track & field and cross country on this campus. His dedication to what it takes to be a student-athlete at this university and to be a champion has been a real asset to our department."
Gardner has been around the track & field circuit for 49 years, working with middle school athletes to the collegiate level.
Between men's and women's cross country and track & field, Gardner has led his teams to eight conference championships and 15 runner-up finishes. Ten different athletes have combined on 18 NCAA Championship appearances under his guidance, yielding five All-American awards.
Gardner came to MSOE in 2004 and led the men's cross country team to championships in each of the Raiders' next three seasons in a conference. Most recently, the 2014 squad became the first team in NACC history with all five scoring runners named to the all-league team and posted the lowest team score in league history by 13 points. In 2015, Austin Wright became his second individual champion and qualified for the NCAA Championships.
In track & field, the Raiders swept conference indoor and outdoor championships in 2008 and 2011 with 11 more top-three showings.
A national search for a new head men's cross country and track & field coach is currently underway.